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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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K-9: Keeping up on Certs

Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications that K-9 are required to have.

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AFE Airmen maintain flight equipment through teamwork

Maintaining flight equipment for a fifth generation fighter aircraft requires precision and skill. Providing F-35 Lightning II pilots with the proper gear is essential for 61st Fighter Squadron Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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58th SOW’s HH-60G hits 12,000 hours

The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., celebrated several notable milestones in 2016, including one of its systems capping the year off by hitting 12,000 flying hours.

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F-16 pilots continue to graduate, continue to fight

A class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots under the tutelage of instructor pilots from the 309th Fighter Squadron graduated Dec. 16 following approximately nine months of training at Luke Air Force Base. Class 16-ABC completed the comprehensive basic flight course in a high-tempo curriculum stressing mission-ready combat skills. Training to refine their abilities will continue…


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Honor guard Airman pushes past her limits

Posted  May 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) It’s noon on a Saturday, and Staff Sgt. April Spilde chalks up her hands in the gym at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, as she waits for her chance to lift during…

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Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of AF

Posted  May 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced April 26 that the president has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Mark Welsh III, who has served in the position since 2012. “I’m extremely humbled by the nomination to serve…

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PEOPLE FIRST May 6, 2016

Posted  May 5, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Urgent care…

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Sports Shorts May 6, 2016

Posted  May 5, 2016

Extramural golf season The extramural golf season begins June 9. Squadrons that wish to participate must complete and submit a letter of intent to Jemia Fournier by May 26 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Games will be played at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The cost is $17…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  May 5, 2016

“I do not want followers who are righteous; rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad.” ~ Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Nineteenth century Hasidic Rabbi Menachem Mendel’s words remind us that righteousness is not won by trying to be righteous. Rather it is something…

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